MEL JACKSON Biography - Other artists & entretainers


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Mel Jackson was discovered by a casting director while riding a bus in Chicago, and was cast in George Tillman Jr.’s independently made feature film Scenes for the Soul.


Reteaming with filmmaker Tillman, Jackson’s charismatic performance in the hit movie Soul Food brought him wide recognition. He has since appeared in the films Uninvited Guest (directed by Timothy Wayne Folsome) and Dancing in September (directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood, and which played at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival prior to airing on HBO).


In television, Jackson joined the popular sitcom Living Single as a series regular; and played a recurring character on In The House. He later starred with David Alan Grier on the comedy series DAG. He has also appeared in the telefilm Little Richard


(directed by Robert Townsend) and the miniseries The Temptations (directed by Allan Arkush).


Jackson was inspired to form his own production company. His first project, Carmin’s Choice, a short film in which he starred for director Monice Mitchell, won the Showtime Filmmaker’s Award. He hopes to take on the challenge of directing soon.